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What would cause a cake to not bind after it is supposedly done baking?

After I let it cool for about 15 mins., when I turned it over to release the cake from the pan...it came apart in cross-sections (like 8 or 9 pieces). I've never had that happen before, and I'm curious to what might have caused that. Anybody have some insight about what happened?

asked by Michael Farrell 3 months ago

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Regine
added 3 months ago

Ingredient list would help. Eggs act as a binder in cakes. Could you have forgotten to use them?

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Michael Farrell
added 3 months ago

Slightly embarrassed to say it was a boxed cake mix. And, I did use eggs...I don't know if using eggs a month past the best by use date, would/could have any effect with the binding process. Though I have used eggs of this nature before, and have never had a problem before.

BakerBren
added 3 months ago

Yes, an ingredient list would help. Did you make any substitutions? Is the cake gluten free? If not, was it mixed for long enough to develop a little gluten? Did it appear cracked on top before you removed it? Could it be too dry--did you have to smear it into the pan?

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Michael Farrell
added 3 months ago

Didn't make any substitutions; not gluten free; I believe it was somewhat cracked on top; wasn't too dry (poured easily into pan); Though I didn't know mixing was how it develops gluten, and I may have under mixed it. A little embarrassing to admit, but this time I used a boxed cake mix and I don't know if using eggs a month past their use by date would have any bearing on this matter. Side note...I have used eggs like this before to no ill fate/problem.

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added 3 months ago

The (oldish) eggs may be a problem, but most food usage sites say they're ok for about 3 weeks after bb date, so 4 weeks is not much of a stretch.
Could be the mix, maybe overbaking.
For now, you can use the crumbs in a kind of parfait...with ice cream, whipped cream, fruits or syrups.
For futures, check the bb date on box cake mix (no shame - we've all used them sometimes), follow baking times, take care to line the cake pan with waxed or parchment paper, let cake cook enough but not too long after baking & good luck next time.

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added 3 months ago

let cake COOL enough...

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